In recent months it appears that several significant British authors are finding their tomes acquired for the screen. EchoChamber noted that Alex North’s debut novel The Whisper Man has already had the rights snapped up by AGBO, founded by Emmy award-winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo, the team behind the latest Avengers movies and now comes news that Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes originally published by HarperCollins to great acclaim in 2017, is being adapted for television by Left Bank Pictures, the production unit behind The Crown.
Netflix, which seems to be becoming a major force in television drama with every passing month – including a slate of high-profile original movies with major stars (Bird Box, Close etc) – is involved. Industry site Deadline reported that the six-episode adaptation will come from Steve Lightfoot and Angela LaManna who also worked on The Punisher.
The story deals with three characters: Louise, a single mother who kisses a man named David in a bar, only to find out a few days later that he’s her new boss. It’s an awkward situation, especially as David is married. But when Louise realises that her new friend Adele is actually David’s wife, the awkward situation becomes dangerously surreal – especially as it’s not entirely clear who knows what and about whom or any relationship is quite as it appears.
Netflix also have the rights to adapt another of Sarah’s works, 13 Minutes.